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DJ Tips in under a minute: bring sw and drivers on a separate flash drive.

January 17, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. This is a flash drive. This has music for my event on it as well as on my main hard drive. My wedding last night, the photo booth operator couldn't start for an hour and 15 minutes, because the drivers wouldn't pick up from the printer to their laptop. So an hour and 15 minutes after they were supposed to start, they started. And I said, do you have the drivers? And they said, we have to download them from the Internet. If you use software, if you have drivers for your controller or players, put them on this, I have a control disk for Serato and Traktor on this. Even though I don't use Scratch Live, I have the tone. So if I went to a gig, somebody had forgot their CDs, at least I can plug this in, hopefully CDJs that link and I have a control tone. I also have a copy of ITCH on this... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Wear All Black

January 10, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. We've had some issues in the last week or two with vendors who have spilled stuff. So try this, wear all black, black shirt, black pants, black shoes. I used to wear an all-black ensemble with a black tie, but I switched gears and recently went with the black and white striped thinner tie to be more fashionable, because I am not fashionable. So if you wear gray, white, beige, something like that, you know it looks good, I'm not saying it doesn't and I'm certainly not here to tell you what to do, but I'm just making a suggestion as are all DJ tips in under a minute, the suggestion is try something new. If you haven't tried all black, try all black, black shirt, black pants and whatever tie you would like. I just -- I left the tux scene about 12 years ago and went to all black about 1... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Beatport For Your EDM Needs.

January 3, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is Beatport. This is a website that I go to to get my dancier music, more of the club stuff, my EDM, house, progression, chill, ambient, all those things. You see up here we have a genres and you see they have all these different genres. It'll also make suggestions for you. If you go down here, you can see it's telling me recommended tracks based on my last order. Songs here run anywhere from $1.49 upwards of, I think, $2.49. You can also buy albums. You can follow DJs, artists, remixers, labels, producers, anything you want. When I need the really good dancy stuff when I'm doing shows, this is my go-to site, Beatport.com, it's free to join, you get an account, you can download tracks and buy them in WAV or MP3. So I'll put a link down here, DJ tips in under one min... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Create A Time Line With Songs And Names For Your Wedding

December 27, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is an actual timeline from a wedding I did, wow, three years ago. As you can see, it outlines what time everything is going to happen, names for things, first dance names, who's giving a blessing, who's giving the toast, any changes, the father/daughter dance had not been decided yet, bouquet toss, last dance, all those things. I do this for every wedding. Even if I have a coordinator who's sending me a timeline, I do this for my eyes, because I want to know that everything is included and if I suddenly stepped away and had someone come in and jump in my wedding, they would have all the information they needed to do a great job. So whether you have a coordinator or not, when you meet with your clients, go over their timeline, jot down your own notes, have your own gu... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Create A Twitter Account To Follow The Industry Leaders.

December 20, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is my Twitter account. I am @djjayb. This is my account, this is where I go. I have followers, I follow people. The reason I really like Twitter is it's free, you also get to interact with people in your community, in your industry, in your business, you get to see what's going on, you get to follow like-minded individuals, you can find groups and it's all free. If you don't have a Twitter account, I think it's important that you get one if for no other reason than to hear and see what professionals -- because the thing about Twitter unlike Facebook is Twitter is filled with everyone. It's harder on Facebook to go to somebody's page and see what Anthony Robins is saying or what a famous wedding designer is saying. You can do that on Twitter pretty easily. So if you d... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Hide Your Cables Behind Your Equipment.

December 13, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. Do you see in the front of my table here I have no cords? I'm trying something today that I don't normally do, because I don't have my Skrim. So there are some exposed cords and cables, but what I've tried is this, running everything through the back of my controller. So I have my speaker cords, I have my [inaudible] output to my other mixer, this is my backup, of course, with [inaudible] running booth out today, because I have a big party and I need booths. But I'm doing everything through the back. The only thing going through the front are right here. So my hard drive, my controller and my power supply. So next time you do your setup, you need to clean it up, you need to get it looking sharp, you need to be lacking of the cables. Give this a try, run your cables through the back.... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Get An Ipad Or Other 3G/Wifi Device.

December 6, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. It's loud, because my gig just ended, but this is expensive, but if you don't have an iPad, you should get an iPad or a tablet if it goes online for gigs. If everything else goes south, I can take this cable, which goes into my auxiliary input right now so I can play music off either deck, I can cross fade, simple app, but the cool thing is I can plug this into a power speaker and run. I can do a ceremony, cocktail outside, whatever I want to do. So I know it's expensive, but this is a first gen with 3G. If you can get a first gen on eBay, Craigslist, whatever, try to get one or a tablet, like I said, something you can get music on and something that you can get a DJ app on. As expensive as it is, it is a lifesaver, because now you have a complete system if needed right here. So DJ ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Your Smart Phone As A Scanner/fax Machine.

November 29, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. You have an iPhone, you have a Smart phone, you can use it for your events. This is how, I received an email for this, it says disc jockey responsibilities. The site said, you need to sign this and fax it back. I don't have a fax machine anymore. My scanner wasn't working that day. So my wife said, take a picture with your phone, then send the picture back in the email. Called the site and said, I'm sending you a signed copy in an email. They said, great, no problems, go ahead. So if you don't have a fax machine, don't fear, don't run right out and get one. If you can print something, sign it, have the agreement, you can then send it off to the site or a client. You can even take a picture of your contracts from your clients that are signed and start files. So DJ tips in ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Pay For Light Rentals With A Replacement Bulb.

November 22, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This, as you can see, is a Source Four Junior. Use it to do Gobos, monograms, whatever you have to show. I borrowed this from a local DJ and this is what I traded for the borrow. This is a brand new replacement light that cost me $22. So I borrow his light, I get the Gobo cut, I take it to the event, I use it, I replace the bulb with a brand new bulb just in case I need it at the event, I do my event. So instead of renting the light from a service, I just called around, found a DJ I knew had one, said, can I borrow your light? I'll give you a brand new lightbulb when I return it. He said, yeah, that sounds like a good deal. So the DJ tip in under a minute today is if you need something specialized, like a Gobo light, special dance light, see about borrowing it, see about ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Where I Get My Liability Insurance.

November 15, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is WeDJ. People have asked me where I get things, this is where I get my insurance. I have a listing. You can get a free listing, it doesn't allow for insurance or you can upgrade to the -- I think the least expensive is bronze. I pay $40, $49 a year and that allows me to get discount insurance. So I use my liability insurance for all the venues that ask for it through WeDJ. I've had the account on WeDJ for probably 10 years and I've been using it for my insurance for probably three or four years. No problems, give me the $1 million liability insurance. It varies, because you can add gear to it. So I'll say rough estimate you're paying about $200 to $300 a year for your insurance. Some sites demand it. So it is invaluable. If you're a professional, you get insurance ... [read more]